What’s Next for Fire-Based EMS?

American Medical Response (AMR), which claims to be the largest private ambulance company in the country, announced on Feb. 14 that it was being purchased by the large private-equity firm of Clayton, Dubilier and Rice for $3.2 billion, or roughly $64 a...


I often joke that I’m on a first-name basis with the man who shuts off my electricity each month – that’s how well I manage my finances. But I am smart enough to “follow the money.” And these days, the money I’m following is flowing into for-profit EMS. American Medical Response (AMR...


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Private-equity firms, whose job is to make money for their shareholders, are ready to infuse more cash into AMR and Rural/Metro. In the 1990s, AMR, Laidlaw, Rural/Metro and other large corporations acquired private ambulance companies and tried to expand into fire service markets. It looks like history is about to repeat itself.